DC Pulse

  • NY Judge Revives Plan To Take Senior Status

    U.S. District Judge David Hurd of the Northern District of New York announced his intent to take senior status, according to an update on Thursday, after previously announcing similar plans and then reversing them in 2022.

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    Solar Energy Association Names First Woman GC

    The Solar Energy Industries Association has hired its first woman general counsel, who rejoins the firm to help oversee the organization's legal work, having previously served as its senior director of regulatory affairs, the group announced Wednesday.

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    Halloran & Sage Appoints Atty To Litigation Leadership Roles

    Connecticut-based Halloran & Sage LLP has made changes to the leadership of its litigation team, appointing a partner as chair of its commercial litigation practice.

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    Skadden Promotes 21 Attorneys In 2024 New Partner Class

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has promoted 21 of its attorneys to partner, a 12.5% decrease from 2023, when 24 attorneys became partners.

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    Ex-DOL Officials Become Go-To Attys In Wage Rule Attacks

    When industry groups challenge U.S. Department of Labor wage and hour rules, they often choose as counsel former agency officials who say their prior knowledge gives them a unique ability to take on regulations. Here, Law360 explores the trend.

  • Antitrust Suits Remain Low Despite Slight 2023 Spike

    Federal enforcers and private plaintiffs filed more new antitrust cases last year than the year before but the slight uptick still kept 2023 as the second lowest in a decade, according to a new Lex Machina report.

  • White House Refuses To Call For Justice Sotomayor To Retire

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday that any decision by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to retire is a personal choice for her alone to make, amid calls for the 69-year-old liberal justice to step down while President Joe Biden is in office and able to nominate her replacement.

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    From BigLaw To MLB, Lucchino Recalled As Master Negotiator

    Before he helped build stadiums, lead three Major League Baseball front offices and end the "Curse of the Bambino," Larry Lucchino, who died Tuesday at 78, was a driven, formidable litigator and negotiator with exceptional legal skill, a former Williams & Connolly LLP colleague told Law360.

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

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    Trump Ally Brings Ethics Query Over Judge's CNN Interview

    An ally of Donald Trump has raised ethics concerns about a senior D.C. federal judge, complaining that the judge's statements on CNN about the former president's statements about the judiciary was "highly prejudicial" toward Trump's four pending criminal cases.

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    Task Force Releases New AI Guidance For Courts

    The National Center for State Courts' artificial intelligence rapid response team has released more interim guidance on how courts can start experimenting with AI and what they should consider about platforms using the technology, the center said Wednesday.

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    Cozen O'Connor Lobbying Shop Hires Senior Principal In DC

    Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, the public affairs and lobbying arm of Cozen O'Connor, has hired a strategic communications senior principal who joins the team in its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced. 

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    Akin Adds Ex-Treasury Atty, Sanctions Expert In DC

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has hired a former top attorney for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, who has joined the firm's international trade practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Winston & Strawn Launches Low-Cost Legal Services

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday the launch of a low-cost legal solutions option to compete with alternative legal service providers.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

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    Dentons Hires GVC Strategies Founder In DC

    Dentons has hired a public affairs strategist who joins the firm in Washington, D.C., after working at his own communications firm, where he advised clients at the intersection of business, law and government, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Day Pitney Announces Leadership Changes

    A host of Day Pitney LLP attorneys have become firm heads following elections to its executive committee and board, as well as several department appointments, according to a Tuesday statement. 

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    Simpson Thacher Appoints 2 Banking And Credit Leads

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday the appointment of two veteran partners as co-heads of its banking and credit practice.

  • Wash. Can Use New Elections Map Despite Partisan Criticism

    Washington state can implement a new, court-approved legislative district map aimed at resolving Hispanic voter dilution claims, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, rejecting a bid from three Republican Latino voters to pause the map's adoption while they challenge it for improperly favoring Democratic candidates.

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    Boston Bomber Case Offers Clues For Trump Jury Selection

    A recent ruling that may undo the Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence holds lessons for Donald Trump's upcoming trials, where attorneys will need to make prospective jurors comfortable enough to admit bias before they're picked — and potentially avoid years of appellate fights.

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    Former Trump EPA Leader Joins Holland & Hart In DC

    Holland & Hart LLP has added the leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration to its Washington, D.C., office as part of the firm's strategic growth in the country's capital.

  • Scholars Back Lower Bar For NLRB Injunction At High Court

    A group of labor law professors defended the National Labor Relations Board's ability to dodge certain injunction requirements placed on private parties in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, recommending the justices side with the agency over Starbucks in a dispute about how the NLRB obtains injunctions.

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    Saul Ewing Hires CFO From Wiley In DC

    Saul Ewing LLP has brought on a Washington, D.C.-based chief financial officer who has more than 20 years of financial management experience in professional services, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    ArentFox Schiff Names New Heads Of Litigation Group

    ArentFox Schiff LLP has announced that the leader of its trust and estate disputes practice and a co-leader of the trade secrets, noncompetes and employee mobility group are teaming to lead the firm's complex litigation practice.

  • Cohen Milstein Hires CFTC Whistleblower Office Leader In DC

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has hired the acting director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's whistleblower office, who brings more than two decades of experience working in related roles in public service to the platform.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Hold DC Judges Accountable For Misconduct Author Photo

    On the heels of Thursday's congressional hearing on workplace protections for judiciary employees, former law clerk Aliza Shatzman recounts her experience of harassment by a D.C. Superior Court judge — and argues that the proposed Judiciary Accountability Act, which would extend vital anti-discrimination protections to federal court employees, should also include D.C. courts.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

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